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December 17, 1984 | Volume 61, Issue 27

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Eric Dickerson Cover - Sports Illustrated December 17, 1984

December 17, 1984 | Paul Zimmerman
Gutsy Joe Theismann led the Washington Redskins to a major win over Dallas

December 17, 1984 | William Nack
With 215 rushing yards Sunday, the Rams' Eric Dickerson ran past O.J. to a one-season record 2,007 yards

December 17, 1984 | Frank Deford
A stunning upset by a promising kid kept Martina Navratilova from becoming the third Calendar Girl

December 17, 1984 | E.M. Swift
Donnie Gay set a rodeo record in Oklahoma City, where the riders sure were not throwing the bull

December 17, 1984 | Jack McCallum
BYU offensive linemen don't talk or play nasty, but they're tough when it comes to protecting the passer

December 17, 1984 | Robert L. Miller
In this issue staff writer Jack McCallum brings into focus a group accustomed to being overlooked, the offensive line of top-ranked Brigham Young (page 38). McCallum's own experience in the pits...

December 17, 1984 | Barry McDermott
Newly introduced Mike Donald and Vicki Alvarez won the Mixed Team title

December 17, 1984 | Jeremiah Tax
Anybody who skips Richard Whittingham's What a Game They Played (Harper & Row, $15.95)—anybody who doesn't care to sit down with Red Grange, Johnny Blood, Sammy Baugh, Don Hutson and others...

December 17, 1984 | Jill Lieber
Talk going around Indianapolis is that coach Frank Kush was fired during a locker room tiff with owner Bob Irsay on Nov. 25, and that he'll wind up in Arizona as coach of the USFL's Outlaws.

December 17, 1984 | Jill Lieber
The first half was drawing to a close when the Chicago Bears, desperate, decided to audition a new quarterback. And what did Walter Payton think of his brief stint at QB in Sunday's 20-14 loss to...

December 17, 1984 | Jill Lieber
When the Houston Oilers were 0-5 and slip-sliding to nowhere, quarterback Warren Moon, who had played six seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL, leading them to the Grey Cup championship...

December 17, 1984 | Jill Lieber
OFFENSE: Rams running back Eric Dickerson rushed for 215 yards in 27 carries to surpass O.J. Simpson's single-season rushing record set in 1973 (2,007 to 2,003) as the Rams defeated Houston, 27-16.

December 17, 1984 | Franz Lidz
Oral Roberts' Dick Acres and sons hope to reach the Promised Land

December 17, 1984 | Roger Jackson

December 17, 1984 | Roger Jackson
DAVID ROBINSON: The 6'11" sophomore, the tallest Navy player ever, scored 115 points, made 44 of 69 shots, had 52 rebounds and was named Saluki Shootout MVP, as the Middies split four games.

December 17, 1984 | Hank Hersch
A century ago you might have seen someone like Dr. Wayman R. Spence standing by a buckboard on Main Street, urging passersby to examine his offbeat wares. But over the years the buckboard has...

December 17, 1984 | Henry Hecht
It has become more and more obvious that money makes the world of baseball go around. The game may have been Fantasyland when we were kids, but now it's free agency and TV millions and...

December 17, 1984 | Henry Hecht
The most significant and certainly the most interesting deal of the week was Rickey Henderson's move to the Yankees for reliever Jay Howell and four prospects. Henderson, he of the fast feet and...

December 17, 1984 | Henry Hecht
SANDY ALDERSON: Forced into making moves because of the team's continued financial troubles, Oakland's vice-president traded his best player, Rickey Henderson, to the Yankees; his best starter,...

December 17, 1984 | E.M. Swift
The spectral fish called permit, that is. They're tough to see and hell to catch, but on the flats off Belize's Turneffe Islands you'll get a grand slam—and immortality—if you land one on a fly...

December 17, 1984 | Edited by Jerry Kirshenbaum

December 17, 1984 | Edited by Jerry Kirshenbaum
•Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, asked if there's anything he can no longer do after more than 15 seasons in the NBA: "I can't run my fingers through my hair."

December 17, 1984 | Robert Sullivan
On a warm autumn morning in 1977, I was sitting in my office, finishing my first cup of coffee, when the phone rang. It was Candi Sperry, something of a foul-weather friend from Massachusetts. I...

December 17, 1984
TIM NIELSONHAVRE, MONT.Tim, a senior quarterback for Havre High, led the state in total offense with 2,393 yards, passing for 1,473 and 16 touchdowns and rushing for 920 and 13 TDs. In a 40-31 win...

December 17, 1984 | Compiled by SANDY KEENAN
PRO BASKETBALL—No longer the Second City of the Central Division, Chicago ran its winning streak to five games and tied Milwaukee for the division lead. Orlando Woolridge's 90 points in last...

December 17, 1984 | Edited by Gay Flood
THE MAGIC OF FLUTIESir:A Perm State graduate and die-hard Nittany Lion supporter now living in Boston, I've had an opportunity to watch Doug Flutie play on numerous occasions, including his four...